(My 3rd Graders are currently working on their music program. Coincidentally, we are also learning the importance of punctuation...)
Speaking line in print says: "The most important thing is to never stop questioning." - Albert Einstein.
Student reads: "The most important thing is to never stop questioning Albert Einstein."
We don’t always know where He’s headed or what to expect along the...– Bob Goff, “Love Does”
He asks if we’ll give up that thing we’re so proud of, that thing we...– Bob Goff, “Love Does”
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for....– Ephesians 1:11-12
One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is...– Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”
Though we’re tethered to the story we must tell, when I saw you, well, I...– Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last, “Turning Page”
I felt I was on fire with the things I could’ve told you. I just assumed you...– Conor Oberst
When the rain is falling & there’s no silver lining & you just...– Francesca Battistelli, “Blue Sky”
As much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with...– Anonymous.
As the calendar page turns to October, I feel my hands clench tighter as I brace myself for the chaos that typically ensues during this month. The hustle & bustle of wrapping up the first quarter at school, the preparation for the long-awaited holidays, the changing of the seasons… it all begins in October. Even my overwhelming love of Fall & Pumpkin Spice Lattes can’t keep...
Me: "On your paper, I want you to finish this sentence, 'My favorite song is...'"
2nd Grade student: "Miss B, how do you spell 'maybe'?"
Me: "Let me guess, your favorite song is 'Call Me Maybe'?"
Student: "How'd you know?!"
Me: "Lucky guess."
Second grade students are already singing songs about how they gave their number away to a guy they just met...?!! This IS crazy!!
Mom Tell All
(kindergartner is overheard saying my name)
Me: Are you talking about me? I think I heard my name!
K Student: Noooooo!!
K Student's Mom: He has such a huge crush on you! You even get mentioned in our prayers every night!
Even when it hurts, even when it’s hard, even when it all just falls...– Kari Jobe, “Steady My Heart”
God endowed you with a glory when he created you, a glory so deep & mythic...– John Eldredge, “Waking the Dead.”
If I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or...– “Before the World Was Made,” a poem from “A Woman Young and Old.”
I am here to give you back your heart & set you free.– God, Isaiah 61:1b (John Eldredge paraphrase in “Waking the Dead”)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet...– 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Okay, Summer. As much as I love the long hours spent at the pool, the sun-kissed skin, the embrace of fresh natural hair, the blessings of long vacations, and the lack of urgency & “to do” lists, I would really appreciate it if you could start wrapping things up. Bring on the end-of-summer parties. the curriculum planning. the summer tv show finales. the prep for Fall. It’s...
Prayer is the most normal and useful thing; it is not simply a reflex action of...– My Utmost for His Highest.
You know that feeling you have when you get home after a long vacation? The feeling that time has just sort of been standing still while you’ve been gone? Obviously, it hasn’t. Time has continued. People’s lives have continued on and things have happened just as they always do, but you know the feeling, right? I’m really not a fan of that feeling. The last day or so of...
Afterword: You're not special →
joserisms: “The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life, is an achievement, not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it from the caterer. You’ll note the founding fathers took pains to secure your inalienable right to life, liberty and the… Words of wisdom.
Jesus, you’re the one who saves us, constantly creates us into something...– Gungor, “Dry Bones.”
Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how...– My Utmost for His Highest. (April 29)
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who...– The Message, Philippians 4:14
Christ is, among much else, the revelation that God cannot be contained or...– The Message, (Intro)Philippians
just call me miss b.
Last Friday, I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Monday, I accepted the elementary music position at Manchester Park Elementary. In three months and five days, I will begin my first day of school as a music teacher. Hold on tight! Life is happening. NOW. 645+ students in grades K through 5 will come through my classroom each week. I have the wonderful...